Today, pitchers Anthony Reyes and Brendan Donnelly join the Indians in Toronto. Reyes will make his first appearance with the Indians since they acquired him from St. Louis prior to the trade deadline. Reyes, who was 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 relief appearances with St. Louis, will get the start tonight against the Blue Jays. Donnelly, 36, has been rehabbing all season from reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 14, 2007. He was 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Boston Red Sox last season but did not pitch after June 11. Hopefully Donnelly will help to shore up the pitiful Indians bullpen. Something has to happen 'cause life is too short.
Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said Cito Gaston will return next season as manager of the Jays.
Bad news for the Tribe?
Toronto has won 14 of its past 18 home games and, at 59-56, is three games above .500.
With the season in the dumpster for the Tribe, it is high time to replace manager Eric Wedge and his illustrious coaching staff. Here is a fresh idea, why not let Indians television color man Rick Manning run the team in the interim? It wouldn't be the first, or even the second time this happened in MLB where a telecaster came out of the booth to run a team but what harm could it do? Manning, who was a standout center fielder, would certainly have the respect of the team. As a past hitting and fielding coach of the Indians, he certainly has the level of experience to do the job. Listening to Manning night after night has convinced me that he could bring a fresh brand of fundamental baseball and more to this struggling team. Manning can be heard making situational calls in the TV booth before they happen and he quickly identifies fielding, base running, and batting issues that are begging for coaching correction. Manning is a tough competitor and a no-nonsense guy. He is energetic, smart, savvy, and just what this team needs right now. I love the idea! Something has got to be done 'cause life is too short!
Do it Rick 'cause life is too short!
Deepest sympathies to the family
and friends of Hank Scicolone.
Hank, 48 years young,
passed away on August 5th.
As a friend and business associate,
Hank truly lived life and was a blast to be around.
Somewhere there is a Harley roaring
with the big guy and his great laugh...riding on.